KS3 science for non-scientists NY285 / A22

Start date
8 Sep 22
4 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us

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This course is for non-scientists starting to deliver key stage 3 science as either a class teacher or in small group support.

We will focus on the key principles needed to teach key stage 3 biology, chemistry and physics effectively and explore a range of teaching strategies and practical activities to do this.

During the course, you will be able to discuss and refine your understanding of key topics like energy, cells and chemical reactions with the support of experienced subject specialists and be able to ask questions to improve your confidence and delivery of the subject.

Who is it for?

Non-specialist teachers, teaching assistants and support staff of science at key stage 3

What topics are covered?

  • forces and magnetism
  • waves
  • energy
  • ecosystems
  • genes
  • chemical reactions and the periodic table
  • earth science
  • organisms
  • matter and the particle model

Not sure yet? Here is a free taster which will give you a better understanding of what to expect once you join the course. Please note, this is a free short activity you can do in your own time.

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered either remotely, face to face at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, or as a blend of both approaches.Please see the 'Scheduled dates' section on the top right hand side of this page to choose the date and delivery mode that suit you best. 

How long is this course?

This is a four-day intensive course across two periods.

Who is the course leader?

  • Louise Herbert

    I am secondary science professional development leader at the National STEM learning centre. I previously taught for over 20 years in


    You will be able to:

  • teach key stage 3 science confidently by effectively using a range of teaching strategies to assess students’ prior understanding, counter misconceptions and move learning forward
  • clarify and build your own subject knowledge and understanding of core ideas from key stage 3 science
  • integrate practical work into effective learning experiences for students


KS3 science for non-scientists - day 108 September 202211:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
KS3 science for non-scientists - day 209 September 202209:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre
KS3 science for non-scientists - day 309 March 202311:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
KS3 science for non-scientists - day 410 March 202309:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.


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Additional information

If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact enquiries@stem.org.uk to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

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